FULTON, NY – Little leprechaun Paddy McGold is the official mascot for the 2012 “Bowl O’Gold” fund raising tournament, set for March 10, at Lakeview Lanes.
The annual event helps support programs and services provided throughout the county by Oswego County Opportunities.
“This year’s tournament is so close to St. Patrick’s Day that we decided to have fun with that theme,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.
Elaine Briggs, accounts receivable specialist for OCO Health Services, created Paddy using an actual bowling pin from Lakeview Lanes.
All OCO employees were then invited to send in suggestions for a name for the little fellow, and the winning entry was submitted by Debbie French, controller support clerk for Corporate Services.
Paddy McGold will spend the next few weeks traveling to several OCO locations to promote interest in the Bowl O’Gold and to spotlight the work that the agency is doing.
“What’s more precious than gold? A life that’s been changed for the better!” Cooper-Currier said. “OCO provides more than 50 programs and services that help improve peoples’ lives, and this is a wonderful opportunity for many of our programs and staff to shine.”
Oswego County Opportunities has been serving Oswego County since 1966 with programs that include: crisis assistance and counseling, health care, nutritional programs such as Meals on Wheels, and WIC, educational services including Head Start and after school programs, residential services for youth, the homeless developmentally and the mentally disabled, outreach services transportation, job training and more.
In 2011 OCO provided emergency assistance to more than 3,000 people, including nearly 2,200 hotline callers.
More than 600 youth and adults performed community service projects, and 3,300 individuals improved their ability to live independently.
More than 21,000 people received healthcare, and 177 out-of-work consumers found a job.
More than 120 consumers earned their high school diploma or GED, and more than 200,000 passenger trips were provided to connect people to needed services.
“We expect to continue to serve increasing numbers due to the slow economy,” Cooper-Currier stated. “The support of our sponsors and donors truly makes a difference because those funds go right into services that directly benefit those in need.”
Registration is now open for five-person teams.
The cost is $15 per person for two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda, door prizes and more.
“We are also encouraging individuals to get pledges from their co-workers, friends, and family members,” Cooper-Currier said. “Every dollar makes a difference, helping OCO provide that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for people in need.”
OCO also seeks sponsors and door prize or silent auction raffle donations.
For more information about registration, contact Denise Russell at 598-4717.
Registration and sponsor forms are available at the front desk of the main office, at Midtown Plaza (Oswego) and on www.oco.org
Deadline to register or submit sponsorship is Feb. 24.